God’s living Word: In the starting words of Hebrews 4:12, the writer declares the power of God's word "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than a two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Nothing in all of this world is more wonderful than the living, literal word of God. I believe it is underestimated even by those among us who believe it, read it, and preach it every day. Please think about this unusual and wonderful faculty of God as a "discerner" or "searcher" or "critic of hearts, we behold the word as an intelligent being with power to see into the secret recesses of our hearts and lives. We go to other books to learn of other men, but we go to the Bible to learn about ourselves. This book seems to know all about us, lays bare the deepest secrets of our hearts and shows us thoughts and intents we probably never knew existed. It reveals us to ourselves in a way it is difficult to describe, yet it is a faithful mirror reflecting us as we really are; then it counsels us, reproves, exhorts, guides, and enlightens. "I Timothy 3:16, All scripture is given by inspiration go God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. v-17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." To all the ones who have turned to the Word in these troubled times it is evident of its comfort and power. Instead of being critics of the Bible as many are today the time is coming when they shall be brought low. The Lord shall be exalted and the Word of God shall judge them. Meanwhile the living Word shall continue to be the discerning companion of all who go to it for help and comfort. The Bible never seems like an old book, an oriental book written in a language now dead. It is new and fresh and in one writers words " as much alive as if it had hands and feet." Do we need a new Gospel for a new age as many claim, certainly not!! As the children of Adam's race are born into the world, this word of Christ seems waiting for them, as a heavenly guide to lead them into, and then along, the highway of our king, Jesus Christ the Lord. "The word of His grace" adapts itself thus to each succeeding generation, revealing man to himself and God unto man and is abundantly able to build up and give us "an inheritance among all them which are sanctified" Acts 20:32 What about you? By whose authority do you live? Where do you get the life giving breath of air? "In Him we live and move and have our very being" Acts 17:28. God has allotted us just so much time. Our lives will then be abruptly terminated. How much time we have left is a very deep and unknowable mystery. I do not own my time outright and neither do you, my friend. We are a share-owner with God. We are each responsible to Him for how we use it. "For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain" Philippians 2:21. In that way are you pleasing your God? Think On These Things! Robert Swain

2316 East Hundred Road

Chester, Virginia 23836

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Building located 1.6 miles west of Hopewell, VA on route 10 (2316 East Hundred Road)

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